If we can control one thing in this unpredictable universe, it’s how we spend our energy.
We can pretend to multitask, but we all know that’s a lie. When we’re checking text messages while ostensibly doing something actually important — well, you know what that means about your priorities.
HBR explains that the best way to train yourself to focus is to quit the multitasking. Now. Immediately.
When you’re switching tasks, shake your shoulders in between and prep yourself for the new challenge ahead.
When you’re feeling anxious, take a step back and breathe through.
And when you’re distracted? See what’s distracting you and choose, mindfully, what’s most important in that moment. Maybe what’s distracting you is worth your time after all.
But where your energy goes is where you’re going.